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The metal sleeve the 10mm bolts screws into is molded into the plastic of the air filter housing, but not very well. So far I've had no issues with my '02, but the same thing happened on the '93. Both the plastic bosses that the sleeves are molded into were cracked. I managed to get the sleeves out, then get the bolts out of them, and put them back in place. I then took two small hose clamps and tightened them good around the plastic bosses, which held the steel inserts in solid. Never had any more problems. It's just a quality control problem. It's fixable unless you break those plastic bosses plumb off, then you will need another air filter housing.
Try ViseGrips On the bolt heads, pull and wiggle them back and forth at the same time, but be easy. Hopefully you can get the inserts out without breaking the filter housing.
I am a motorcyclist, NOT a biker.
1997 Vulcan 750, purchased about a week ago
2006 Sportster 1200 Low
2013 Royal Enfield Bullet 500, converted to carb
2001 Yamaha XT225, heavily modified
2004 Honda Rebel 250
1979 Vespa P200E
2002 Vulcan 750 parts bike
1994 Yamaha XT225 parts bike
Last edited by VN750Rider/Jerry; 03-31-2012 at 04:27 AM.